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Minnesota Department of Corrections named Yellow Ribbon Company

DOC Yellow Ribbon ST PAUL, Minn - The State of Minnesota named the Minnesota Department of Corrections a Yellow Ribbon Company, October 15, 2015, at Historic Fort Snelling

In a ceremony outside the state's first stockade, or prison, at Fort Snelling, the department became the third state agency or body in Minnesota - along with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Metropolitan Council - to take on the commitment to be a Yellow Ribbon Company

"It is through the leadership of patriotic Minnesotans like you that the lives of Minnesota families are impacted so positively," said Maj. Gen. Richard C Nash, the Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard "I have seen firsthand how support for Service members and their families in Minnesota's workplaces have made a true difference in their lives"

More than 600, or 144 percent, of Minnesota Department of Corrections full-time employees are veterans Aside from the Minnesota Department of Military Affairs, the Department of Corrections is the number one state agency for hiring veterans

"Those leadership skills of those 600 plus people - men and women who now find themselves employed in our department - are really the foundation of our agency," said Tom Roy, Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Corrections

Jason Storm, a veteran who currently works at the Lino Lakes correctional facility, first started working for the Department of Corrections after returning from a deployment with the Minnesota National Guard He says he was nervous at first about having to take time off from work to attend training for the National Guard

"I soon realized that I had the complete support of not only my peers but my upper management as well," said Storm "From then on I knew that I had found myself a career"

As a Yellow Ribbon Company, the Minnesota Department of Corrections has committed to strong veteran recruiting procedures and enhanced policies that support military-connected employees and family members

"Your willingness to synchronize and connect resources within and outside of this organization demonstrates how agencies, companies and communities can work together to recognize, to honor and to support all military-connected residents and your employees," said Nash

October 16, 2015
by Master Sgt Blair Heusdens
Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs

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